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Entries from January 2014

Indigenous Group Fighting Tar Sands Gets Boost From Neil Young

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments

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Where have all the revolutions gone?

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http://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/where-have-all-the-revolutions-gone/ Note the picture from our website at last-and-first-men.com We have discussed this question directly in several posts today. Revolution seems to have disappeared for the very good reason that two centuries after the Great Divide, the macro induction effect is long gone. But that is too abstract and general. The basic reason is obvious […]

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Destroying democracy to limit capital…?

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http://darwiniana.com/2014/01/31/the-innovations-of-the-early-modern-and-the-macro-induction-of-democracy/ Looking at the macroinduction of democracy suggests a severe warning to various types of ‘communist’ ideology, where they fall into the trap of excessive debunking of liberalism and democracy. The emergence of communism was originally a part of the democratic revolution, its completion. But the outcome of Bolshevism was the reverse of this. Not […]

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Nk comments: mindfulness, its history

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http://darwiniana.com/2014/01/30/the-mindfulness-hype-goes-into-full-gear/#comment-449909 Nk // Jan 30, 2014 at 1:42 pm Actually, “mindfulness meditation” was never taught by the early Buddhists. It was basically a meditation technique invented by Mahasi Sayadaw and the Burmese in the last century. It is an interesting history, but the Burmese tradition was always flawed in its understandings; too much adherence to […]

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From Nk: Quantum theory

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http://darwiniana.com/2014/01/29/ways-forward-for-quantum-physics-ways-that-lead-somewhere-not-everywhere-anywhere-and-nowhere-all-at-once/#comment-449826 Nk // Jan 29, 2014 at 10:49 am “Like every previous theory of physics, quantum theory will turn out only approximately true, applying within a limited domain only” http://aeon.co/magazine/nature-and-cosmos/our-quantum-reality-problem/ Hmm…wait a second…so is this guy really admitting that talk of “naturalism” from the high priests of Big Science is really bullsh*t?

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The innovations of the early modern, and the macro induction of democracy…

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://history-and-evolution.com/whee4th/chap6_1_1.htm: From Reformation to Revolution, from WHEE Our discussion of the Renaissance and the modern transition can be understood if we examine the innovations of the two periods. The Renaissance?? The early modern, or what I call the modern transition, is massively packed with innovations. It is a tidal wave of innovations, and in all […]

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The modern transition vs. the Renaissance

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http://darwiniana.com/2014/01/30/being-wary-of-the-renaissance-analog/ The confusions of historical dynamics are chronic, persistent and ideological. One can recommend the exercise of studying the ‘eonic effect’ to see the context of leftist activities. The Renaissance, taken as the period referred to by its proponents, shows none of the dynamism, revolutionary innovation, or political democratization of the early modern (what I […]

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NCSE newsletter: evolution and climate education update: January 31, 2014

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Dear friends of NCSE, A bill permitting the teaching of “intelligent design” surfaces in South Dakota, while a Darwin Day resolution is introduced in the U. S. Congress. Creationism appears in a lawsuit against a Louisiana school board, a second antievolution bill emerges in Missouri, and further information is revealed about the antiscience bill in […]

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At Why Evolution Is True, Jerry Coyne Promotes an Intelligent Design Documentary

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2014/01/jerry_coyne_pro081741.html

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Consciousness: Self-talk takes up one quarter of conscious experience, psychologists say

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http://www.uncommondescent.com/neuroscience/consciousness-self-talk-takes-up-one-quarter-of-conscious-experience-psychologists-say/

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War, Mathematics and God | Herb Silverman

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments

War, Mathematics and God | Herb Silverman http://www.richarddawkins.net/news_articles/2014/1/30/war-mathematics-and-god-herb-silverman# by Herb Silverman posted on January 30, 2014 06:01PM GMT I’ve been actively engaged in two wars in my life, but I don’t receive or deserve veterans’ benefits. My most recent service occurred during the manufactured war by Fox News, the “War on Christmas.” Yes, I plead […]

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Inner Neanderthal

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http://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/39037/title/Inner-Neanderthal/

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Kissing cousins

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http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21595403-genetic-contribution-neanderthal-man-made-modern-humanity: Kissing cousins The genetic contribution Neanderthal man made to modern humanity is clearer

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Blame Neanderthals for Our Disease Genes

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/videos/655616.htm

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Teaching young wolves new tricks

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Teaching young wolves new tricks http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/01/140131083410.htm Although wolves and dogs are closely related, they show some striking differences. Scientists have undertaken experiments that suggest that wolves observe one another more closely than dogs and so are better at learning from one another. The scientists believe that cooperation among wolves is the basis of the understanding […]

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Yoga’s Court Jesters

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Exiting the Stage, But Leaving Their Mark http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/31/yogas-court-jesters/ Yoga’s Court Jesters by STEWART J. LAWRENCE It’s official: The Babarrazzi – the self-styled court jesters of the American yoga scene – have called it quits. The quirky – and shadowy — intellectual collective that made it oh-so-hip and fashionable to stigmatize American yoga teachers as unprincipled […]

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But Only the 99 Percent Need to Worry….

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But Only the 99 Percent Need to Worry…. Obama Takes on Inequality Exiting the Stage, But Leaving Their Mark by ANDREW LEVINE http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/01/31/obama-takes-on-inequality/ Because the level of inequality in the United States is so extreme, because the condition of the “middle class” is deteriorating, and because there is so much need in the midst of […]

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[Marxism] why aren’t workers on the barricades

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments

People might be interested in the discussion that’s going on here: http://rdln.wordpress.com/2014/01/30/where-have-all-the-revolutions-gone/ The contributors so far are all in NZ, but the problem is acute in the West, especially the English-speaking imperialist heartlands.

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[Marxism] Obama becomes latest politician to criticize a liberal arts discipline | Inside Higher Ed

January 31st, 2014 · No Comments

President Obama found common ground with Republican politicians Thursday — in arguing that some liberal arts degrees offer poor preparation for a job. Obama took on art history, following in the footsteps of Republicans who have in recent years questioned the value of degrees in anthropology, English, philosophy and women’s studies. (See chart below to […]

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[Marxism] Capitalism vs. Democracy – NYTimes.com

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Conservative readers will find that Piketty’s book disputes the view that the free market, liberated from the distorting effects of government intervention, “distributes,” as Milton Friedman famously put it, “the fruits of economic progress among all people. That’s the secret of the enormous improvements in the conditions of the working person over the past two […]

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‘Either coal, oil and gas deposits become stranded assets, or we do’

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Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Common Dreams To Break Fossil Fuel Industry’s Grip, Foundations Divest Nearly $2 Billion http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/30-9 ‘Either coal, oil and gas deposits become stranded assets, or we do,’ says one coalition member advisor

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State Dept. Keystone XL Report Coming… And It Looks Bad for Planet

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Published on Friday, January 31, 2014 by Common Dreams State Dept. Keystone XL Report Coming… And It Looks Bad for Planet Leaks about the environmental review of the tar sands pipeline put lump in throat of climate campaigners http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2014/01/31-0

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Last and first buddhists

January 30th, 2014 · No Comments

http://darwiniana.com/2014/01/30/the-mindfulness-hype-goes-into-full-gear/ Haranguing the Mindfulness fad is one thing (and the damage done is real, but the religion is already dead), but the sad reality is that ‘buddhism’ has suffered defeat at the hands of reactionary cooptations of a religion that arose in early Axial India as a ‘revolutionary’ movement. Its destruction in India and exile […]

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Leaked Docs Show Govt Deceit over US Drone Attacks

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Published on Thursday, January 30, 2014 by Bureau of Investigative Journalism Leaked Docs Show Govt Deceit over US Drone Attacks Official document records 330 drone strikes in Pakistan http://www.thebureauinvestigates.com/2014/01/29/leaked-official-document-records-330-drone-strikes-in-pakistan/

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